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    In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu...
    Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

    The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

    Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

    Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

    Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

    Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

    This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.

    LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

    I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

    Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

    "It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

    Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

    He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

    It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

    Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

    Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

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    Yes its true! We do it in my home when anyone is sick. One in bedroom one in living room. Throw it away after a couple days.

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    I have heard this but never tried it. It s sure worth a try if someone is getting sick though.

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    I never heard about onions so I did a search on the relation of onions and the WW-1 Influenza and found the following.
    Analysis: There's no scientific basis for this old wives' tale, which dates at least as far back as the 1500s, when it was believed that distributing raw onions around a residence protected the inhabitants from bubonic plague. This was long before germs were discovered, of course, and the prevalent theory held that contagious diseases were spread by miasma, or "noxious air." The assumption was that onions, whose absorbent qualities had been well known since ancient times, cleansed the air by trapping harmful odors.

    During the Black Plague people thought that most illness was caused by bad air so they carried things like roses, onions, and garlic some like this doctor even made special mask that would hold roses and such.
    germzoo: Stealth Tactics of the Black Death Bacterium

    Some even say this nurserymen is about the black plague.
    Ring-a-ring-a-roses,
    A pocket full of posies;
    Ashes! Ashes!
    We all fall down.

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    As a Certified Master Herbalist I can tell you that onions and garlic should be in your preps. I don't care if it's onion seeds, dehydrated onions, or onions and garlic in your garden. Garlic can be stored easily. Onion and garlic have a essential mineral named selenium. Everyone should be taking this mineral daily. Onions and garlic are natural anti-biotic and immune system booster.
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    thank you very much sharing you good and nice information with us,, so much good, and i like that,, thank you for sharing you information
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    It does work. My grandmother used it and neither she nor my grandfather ever got the flu (well he did during WW1 being on a ship headed to Europe almost all of the soldiers and sailors came down with the Spanish flu most died but he survived). other then that he never got sick, never saw a dr, and passed away at 88. Same with my grandmother but she had diabetes yet lived to be 98 with no other medical problems. Not only the use of cut onions around the house during flu/cold seasons, but onions and/or garlic eaten with every meal. Not only immune booster but also lowers cholesterol and thins blood both good for preventing heart disease and strokes.
    One warning: if someone is only pharmaceutical blood thinners or have clotting problems they should avoid eating either.
    As an ER nurse I never took the flu shots they tried to force on us. I have never had the flu and would end up having to cover shifts for so many nurses who took the flu shot and got sick. Thanks to my grandmother and mother teaching me nature is often the best healer.
    Is there a thread on natural or holistic healing? I would love to read through it and maybe add some tips of my own.

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    "Thanks to my grandmother and mother teaching me nature is often the best healer. "---TXannie

    GOD has supplied us with all that we could ever need.....
    If only all of us had listened.

    Simple aspirin....



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    Great onion article !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desert Marine View Post
    As a Certified Master Herbalist I can tell you that onions and garlic should be in your preps. I don't care if it's onion seeds, dehydrated onions, or onions and garlic in your garden. Garlic can be stored easily. Onion and garlic have a essential mineral named selenium. Everyone should be taking this mineral daily. Onions and garlic are natural anti-biotic and immune system booster.
    You beat me to it. Well stated.

 

 
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